Fritzl Triggers Change in Austria Sex Law

His rape conviction was wiped off books as he adopted grandkids
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2008 7:41 AM CDT
A sign reading "Why" is seen in front of the house in Amstetten, where 73-year-old Josef Fritzl has confessed to imprisoning his daughter for 24-years in a windowless basement cell.   (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
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(Newser) – The Josef Fritzl case has spurred Austrian legislators to initiate changes in sex crime laws to prevent child abuse, the BBC reports. As Fritzl kept his daughter imprisoned as a sex slave, he was granted custody for three of the children he fathered with her— despite a rape conviction. His conviction was wiped off the books after 15 years. Austria now wants to keep sex crime records for at least 30 years.